|re: on this issue Arafat had not consigned the Palestinians to be the people in Arab history who had sold out on Jerusalem.|
Yeah he didn't sell out. He didn't acquire a state, either, now did he? What is presented on TV does not have much to do with what went on in the negotiations. The Arab political world is continually drunk on its own rhetoric. Much easier to talk about glory and jihad and driving the Jews out of Jerusalem than to sell hard compromises to the people. Particularly for Arafat, who is weak, corrupt, and indecisive.
Besides, as I've said before, the Arab world doesn't want the Palestinians to become prosperous; then they would cease to be a thorn in Israel's side and all the Arab regimes would lose a major rallying point that always directs their people's anger outward, towards the Jews.